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Congress’ Budget Gridlock Threatens Army Hypersonics

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“As long as we get an appropriation by the beginning of the calendar year, I think we’ll be okay,” the Army’s chief of budget planning said.

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Hill Battle Lifts Off Over Post-INF Missiles

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A junior GOP congressman will challenge the Democratic House leadership to restore $96 million in funding for intermediate-ranged conventional missiles, cut by the Democratic majority for fear the new weapons would reignite an arms race that ended in 1987.

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Defense Spending Will Bust BCA Caps: Mark Cancian

Posted by Mark Cancian on


One of Washington’s leading budget experts explains how bipartisan supporters of Pentagon funding will steamroll the Budget Control Act.

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The Army’s Plan To Save The Wounded In Future War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Even with faster medevac aircraft, uparmored ambulances, and more medical personnel at the front, will casualties get to life-saving care within the “golden hour”?

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The Army’s Plan To Save The Wounded In Future War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Even with faster medevac aircraft, uparmored ambulances, and more medical personnel at the front, will casualties get to life-saving care within the “golden hour”?

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What Northrop’s $54M Unified Platform Win Means For Cyber War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The goal is to give the 6,200-strong Cyber Mission Force a common, compatible set of tools so they can act in cyberspace as a coordinated military unit.

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With Funding In Peril, Coast Guard Pushes Icebreaker As ‘Polar Security Cutter’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“One of the things that we did early in my tenure was we changed (it to) Polar Security Cutter as we were trying to get the funds from the Congress, from our own department, the administration,” Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz told Breaking Defense.

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Congress Traded Operations & Maintenance For Modernization In 19 Appropriations

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Now that President Trump has signed the fiscal 2019 defense appropriations bill — marking the first time in nine years that defense is not bound by a Continuing Resolution — the broad trend was cuts to Operational and Maintenance (O&M) to fund Research, Development, Testing, & Engineering (RDT&E). The top line was consistent with the… Keep reading →

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HASC, SASC Chiefs Side With Contractors & Reject DoD Proposal

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The heads of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees oppose proposed new rules changing how the Pentagon compensates contractors. Rep. Mac Thornberry and Sen. Jim Inhofe sent a letter to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Sept. 24.

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Aircraft Win Big In FY19 Appropriations: Munitions, Space, Marines Hammered

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The big news about the $674.4 billion defense appropriation that conferees agreed to yesterday is that, for the first time in nine years, it’s on time. But in a budget this big, even the “small” items are billions of dollars, and there are plenty of devils in them thar details.

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